Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), 'Woman with a Balance', c. 1663–4. Widener Collection. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), 'Woman with a Balance', c. 1663–4. Widener Collection. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.Credit

Tickets for Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

UPDATE 6/9/2017: ALL TICKETS FOR THE VERMEER EXHIBITION ARE NOW SOLD OUT

Press Release | 18 April 2017

Ticket booking for the upcoming Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland goes live online from Wednesday 19 April.

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

The National Gallery of Ireland welcomes the support of Zurich Insurance plc as Exhibition Partner 

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Advance ticket booking for the upcoming exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, goes live from Wednesday 19 April via the Gallery's website.

The exhibition, which has seen record numbers at the Paris venue and complimentary reviews in the international media, opens in the National Gallery of Ireland on Saturday 17 June and runs through to 17 September. It will be the major Old Master exhibition in Europe this summer coinciding with the reopening of the Gallery’s refurbished historic wings and new display of the permanent collection.

Conceived by the National Gallery of Ireland, this revelatory exhibition celebrates the work of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and will give new insights into the relationships the artist maintained with other great painters of the Dutch Golden Age.  It will bring together some 60 paintings from major public and private collections around the world. Ten masterpieces by Vermeer will be included representing nearly a third of the artist’s surviving works and the third highest number of works by Vermeer ever assembled.

The National Gallery of Ireland’s own Vermeer, Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid, c.1670, which is regarded as one of the artist’s finest works, will be shown alongside other exquisite compositions including Woman with a Balance, c.1663–4 (National Gallery of Art, Washington); Woman with a Pearl Necklace, 1663–4 (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin); The Astronomer, 1668 (Musée du Louvre, Paris) and The Geographer, 1669 (Städel Museum, Frankfurt). Paintings of daily life by contemporaries of Vermeer, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu, Pieter de Hooch and Frans van Mieris, will also feature.

Dr Adriaan Waiboer, Head of Collections and Research at the National Gallery of Ireland, and curator of the exhibition, says:

“Johannes Vermeer is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure working largely in isolation, but this exhibition clearly demonstrates how Vermeer’s subjects, compositions and figure types owe much to works by contemporary Dutch artists, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch and Frans van Mieris, all of whom were more successful and influential in their time.”

The exhibition brings together groups of paintings of domestic scenes – letter writing, in front of a mirror, musical scenes – and the obvious similarity of the compositions shows the interplay between artists – nonetheless Vermeer’s brilliance and originality brings new heights to the subjects and his work takes genre painting to a yet higher level.

An accompanying catalogue to the exhibition is published by Yale University Press. Edited by Adriaan E. Waiboer with contributions by, among others, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr, Blaise Ducos, Eric Jan Sluijter, Marjorie E. Wieseman and Quentin Buvelot. Price €29.95pb.

Taking place alongside the exhibition will be a summer-long public engagement programme at the Gallery, comprising special Thursday evening talks on Vermeer by writers  and artists, as well as weekly tours, drawing workshops and film screenings. 

Also, a dedicated website dedicated website, ConnectVermeer (live from June 2017) has been developed in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) The Hague, and will serve as an interactive platform on Vermeer and Dutch genre painters.

A documentary film, ‘Vermeer: Beyond Time’ will be released in May 2017 as one of the events associated with the exhibition. Directed by Jean-Pierre Cottet and produced by James Mitchell, a co-production between Martange Production (Paris), Soho Moon Pictures (Dublin), Arté France and the Louvre. The film will also broadcast on RTE TV1 to coincide with the exhibition in Dublin in June.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Reopening date of the National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland will re open its refurbished galleries to the public on Thursday 15 June 2017.

Exhibition

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

The exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland will be on display from 17 June to 17 September 2017. 

Exhibition Partner – ZURICH INSURANCE PLC

The National Gallery of Ireland is proud to have Zurich Insurance plc join us as Exhibition Partner of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry.

Digital Images

A selection of images from the exhibition is available from the Gallery’s Press Office, email [email protected]

 

Ticket booking for Vermeer opens online from 19th April 2017. Go to www.nationalgallery.ie 

Ticket Prices

€15 Full Price

€10 Concessions

€5 Students

Free for Under 16 years

*Free for Friends of NGI

Advance ticket booking is strongly recommended.

 

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Exhibition Organisers

The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery of Ireland in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

 

Curators

Dr Adriaan E. Waiboer, Head of Collections and Research, National Gallery of Ireland

Dr Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Dr Blaise Ducos, Curator of 17th-and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, Musée du Louvre, Paris

 

Catalogue

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition is published by Yale University Press.

Edited by Adriaan E. Waiboer with contributions by, among others, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr, Blaise Ducos, Eric Jan Sluijter, Marjorie E. Wieseman and Quentin Buvelot, the catalogue benefits from an extensive research programme carried out in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague. €29.95pb at exhibition venues (www.yalebook.co.uk)

Film

A feature documentary entitled, ‘Vermeer: Beyond Time’ will be released on 10 May 2017 (Event Screenings) and on 12 May (Cinemagic) as one of the events associated with the exhibition. The film, directed by Jean-Pierre Cottet and produced by James Mitchell, is a co-production between Martange Production (Paris), Soho Moon Pictures (Dublin), Arte France and the Louvre. The film will also be broadcast on RTÉ One, Ireland's public service broadcaster, to coincide with the exhibition in Dublin in June.

 

Testimonials 

Financial Times | 4-5 March 2017

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting…likely to be Europe’s Old Master exhibition of the year…

…For those considering travelling, it may be easier to enjoy in following venues – Dublin’s National Gallery, which developed the concept, then Washington’s National Gallery – than among the throng in Paris.

By Jackie Wullschlager

Forbes.com | 24 February 2017 

The Art Show of the Year

By Cecilia Rodriguez 

Le Figaro | 24 February 2017

Au Louvre, Vermeer victim de son succès

By Claire Bommelaer

Le Figaro | 22 February 2017

En 1653, Vermeer vit ses plus beaux jours

By Jean-Marie Tasset

Le Point | 22 February 2017

Exhibition of the year

By Frédéric Lewino

The Guardian  | 21 February 2017

Vermeer exhibitions are often padded out with his lesser peers – but here, fine choices illuminate the staggering soulfulness of the Dutch master. ...This is by far the biggest and best array of Vermeer’s precious paintings that I have seen in any exhibition.

By Jonathan Jones

The Art Newspaper | 20 February 2017

Dutch artist may not have secluded himself in Delft as previously believed 

The myth of Johannes Vermeer as an isolated artist, confined to his home city of Delft, looks set to be shattered. A new exhibition…emphasises that he was deeply influenced by other Dutch genre painters of his time. 

By Martin Bailey